Hispanic Heritage Month on KLRU-Q 10/9 & 10/16

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As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month line-up, there will be special KLRU-Q programming broadcast on Sundays, October 9 and October 16.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Latino Americans – War and Peace at 8:00 p.m.
Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands – yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States.

Latino Americans – The New Latinos at 8:59 p.m.
Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 9:59 p.m.
With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote in America. This is the story of how a young boy growing up in the poor barrio of San Antonio Texas, questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city government, grew up to be a student activist leader in the center of the Civil Rights Movement for Latinos, and then became a young Latino statesman, leading one of the most important efforts in the history of Latino empowerment in America. The film looks at Latino millennials and how their future vote will affect the American political landscape and at contemporary issues facing Latinos today and how that translates to the ballot box.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Latino Americans – Pride and Prejudice at 8:00 p.m.
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.

Latino Americans – Peril and Promise at 8:59 p.m.
Examine the past 30 years, as a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S., creating a debate over undocumented immigrants that leads to calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand the undocumented as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. Latino Americans become the largest and youngest growing sector of the American population.

American Masters – Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey at 9:59 p.m.
Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. A co-presentation of VOCES and AMERICAN MASTERS.

Learn about Everyday Miracles on KLRUQ 8/9 & 8/16

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Demonstrating that the everyday and mundane are often anything but, the engrossing documentary Everyday Miracles reveals how raw materials are transformed into the objects that make modern life more comfortable.

Over the course of this two-part program, host Mark Miodownik reveals the scientific discoveries and fascinating industrial processes behind everything from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear to the furniture we sit on.

Homeairs Aug. 9 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik shows us what is so great about “stuff.” So many of the goods around us, which we likely take for granted, are revealed to be little pieces of domestic magic: everyday miracles. On the road and in the lab with explosive experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.

Awayairs Aug. 16 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik looks at how materials allow us to indulge our curiosity about the world, enabling us to go further and travel faster. He looks at how the bicycle suddenly stirred a national gene pool, why we should all be grateful for exploding glass and what levitation has to do with discovering your inner self.


Examine the Silent War on KLRUQ 8/7

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Join KLRUQ for a day packed with special programming featuring in-depth information on war with Silent War and Weapons of World War II.

Silent War ‘Know Your Enemy’ – airs at 3 pm

Silent War ‘The Russians Are Coming’ – airs at 3:55 pm
For the second half of the 20th century, the world’s most powerful nations were engaged in an intense struggle for political and territorial supremacy. As the USA and the then USSR developed huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, they and their allies would regularly bring the world close to annihilation, yet – incredibly – these highly dangerous military stand-offs often happened in total secrecy: underwater. This eye-opening two-part series tells the compelling story of US, UK and Russian submarine warfare.

Weapons Of World War II ‘Midget Submarines‘ – airs at 4:50 pm
From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbour, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war. This programme recalls the heroic encounters of the men who piloted these midget craft towards their giant quarries.

Weapons Of World War II ‘Aircraft Carriers‘ – airs at 5:15 pm
Giant aircraft carriers dominated the Pacific War between Japan and the USA. Pearl Harbor was launched to destroy US carriers but failed, while the battle of Midway – the turning point in the Pacific War – was won by US carriers delivering tremendous air strikes against Japanese battleships. This programme shows them in dramatic action.

Weapons Of World War II ‘Battleships‘ – airs at 5:40 pm
At the beginning of World War II, battleships were seen as the key weapon at sea, their huge firepower dominated the waves but over the next six years their vulnerability was exposed by the submarine and aircraft. This programme looks at the great clashes of the ships such as Bismarck and King George V and the way in which the battleships’ role changed to that of shore bombardment and escort work.

Crime doesn’t pay on KLRUQ 8/7

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From the secrets of the dead to the ruthless murderer of Al Capone, we have a lineup of programs you don’t want to miss.

Al Capone: Iconairs at 6 pm
The mention of Al Capone’s name sparks images of pinstripe suits and ruthless murders. More than 80 years after the height of his power, this program explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and learn why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.

History ProjectBeneath Alcatraz‘ – airs at 7 pm
June 11, 1962, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, three prisoners – Frank Lee Morris, Clarence Anglin, and John Anglin – did the impossible. Desperate and dangerous, they escaped from Alcatraz prison. This has been an enduring historical mystery and we still don’t have the entire answer.

Secrets of the DeadAlcatraz Escape‘ – airs at 8 pm
The three convicts who escaped Alcatraz in rafts in 1962 were swept out to sea and drowned, according to conventional wisdom. Now, a team of scientists believes the escapees could have made it to dry land-but only if they left at a specific time.

Secrets of Underground Londonairs at 9 pm
This program takes a chronological look at the natural and man-made wonders beneath London. It features a large section on the London Underground, how it was built, its use during World War II, the ghost stations and stories and the museum. The film also highlights the lost river fleet, the sewer system, the Brunel Tunnel and the Churchill War Rooms, to name a few.

Explore on KLRUQ Highlights for 8/5

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Join KLRUQ as we explore the Indian Ocean and two of the world’s most mysterious creatures.

Wildest IslandSri Lanka: Monsoon Island‘ – airs at 8 pm
Lying like a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island that defies convention. Poised just six degrees above the equator, it’s less than 75,000 km sq in size. But it has enough wildlife to rival a continent, and it’s all down to its complicated climate and geography.

Wonder of Animals Elephants‘ – airs at 9 pm
Chris Packham explores the anatomy and physiology of the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant. Their size seems ill-suited to surviving the most arid regions of Africa, but their inner workings allow them to defy the extreme heat of the desea and find food and water in seemingly barren landscapes, while their extraordinary memory enables them to repel predators.

Wonder of AnimalsBats‘- airs at 9:30 pm
Bats have colonised remote corners of the planet to become one of most widespread mammals on earth. Chris Packham explores their incredible anatomy, physiology and senses to understand what enables them to thrive in some surprising places.

Volcano Odysseyairs at 10 pm
Animation is used to trace 65 million years of evolution at a volcanic hotspot in the Indian Ocean.

Space Sunday on KLRU Q 7/31


From the very beginning, the planets, stars and galaxies have always fascinated us. Which is why we are dedicating an entire evening featuring three programs on to topic of space.

Space Men: American Experienceairs at 7 pm
eet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

History ProjectMoonbug: The Apollo Project‘ – airs at 8 pm
These are the adventurers, risk takers and dreamers who were behind one of the most historic endeavours of our time. From living rooms and moonscape deserts, to Cape Canaveral, Steve Pyke captures the men in frank, revealing portraits, while unravelling their very personal and divergent memories.

Cosmonauts airs at 8: 55 pm
When, in July 1969, Neil Armstrong made one giant leap for mankind, America went down in popular history as the winner of the space race. But the real space pioneers of the 20th century were the Soviets. Between 1961 and 1966, they realised a number of spectacular historical achievements including the first man and woman in space, the first spacewalk and the first unmanned lunar landing. This series uses unseen archive footage and compelling interviews to reveal the story of the space race from the other side of the iron curtain.

Wild West Sunday on KLRU Q 7/24


Join us this week on KLRU Q for three back-to-back features on America.

Wild West with Ray MearsDeserts‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray Mears looks at how the landscapes of America’s five great deserts challenged the westward push of the early pioneers. As Ray travels through the cold high mountain Great Basin desert, and the hot Sonora desert of Southern Arizona, he discovers how their hostile geography and rich geology shaped the stories of fortune-hunting and lawlessness in the Wild West, and were the setting for the last wars between the US Army and the Apache warrior tribes. His journey ends with the story of Geronimo’s surrender which marked the end of the Indian Wars, and of the Old West.

Klondike Gold Rushairs at 7 pm
The Klondike Gold Rush is renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history. Hailing from 1896 to 1899 set off a “stampede” of more than 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Excerpts from Tappan Adney’s celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900) bring the Harper’s Weekly correspondent to life. Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike still resonates with the frontier spirit.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience airs at 8 pm
Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West — and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, this program explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

Q Night At The Movies 7/23

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Some of your favorite actors and actresses such as Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson will be featured on this week’s Q Night At The Movies. Later, don’t miss another episode of Hollywood Idols featuring Robert Mitchum and a showing of 1954 movie Beat the Devil.

Variety Studio: Actors On ActorsEpisode #301‘ – airs at 6 pm 

Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) and Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

Hollywood IdolsRobert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star‘ – airs at 7 pm 

This film looks at the life and career of one of Hollywood’s consummate leading men. His father was half Blackfoot Indian and was killed when Mitchum was only two. Raised by a hardworking mother, he hit the rails at twelve and learned the harsh realities of loneliness, insecurity, danger – and declares he enjoyed them. Though he went on to the success, acclaim and wealth that are the rewards of stardom, he always remained true to himself, unwilling to play the Hollywood game. The special includes interviews with family members and colleagues like Polly Bergen, Edward Dmytryk, Jane Greer, Deborah Kerr, Ali MacGraw, Sarah Miles, Chris and John Mitchum, Sydney Pollack and Jane Russell.

Corinth Films CollectionBeat the Devil‘ – airs at 8 pm

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues (including Humphrey Bogart) who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen…


KLRUQ Sunday Highlights 7/10

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How did America make its way toward becoming one of the greatest nations on the planet? This Sunday on KLRUQ, find out how American made its way to the top through its landscapes, highways and the journey of Lewis and Clark.

Wild West with Ray MearsMountains‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray begins his westward journey in the Appalachian Mountains where he explores how their timbered slopes fuelled the lumber industry and provided the fuel and building material for the emerging nation. Native Appalachian Barbara Woodall and lumberjack Joe Currie share their family history with him, and he gets to grips with the rare “hellbender” salamander. Further west, in the high jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Ray goes mule trekking with modern day mountain man Stu Sorenson and he has close encounters with beaver, elk and black bear. His journey ends as he pans for gold with modern day gold prospector John Gurney, and explores the boom and bust story of ghost town, Bodie.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery airs at 7 pm
In 1801, when President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon, he doubled the country’s size. The sudden western expansion of the United States–and rumors of a Northwest Passage that would link the Atlantic with the Pacific–motivated Jefferson to find the great byway to the West. He appropriated $2,500 for the journey and commissioned his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to the task of revealing the West. Lewis asked his old friend, William Clark, and a group of rough frontiersmen to join the expedition, now called the Corps of Discovery. This Ken Burns documentary chronicles the challenges, frustrations and anxiety that faced the Corps of Discovery — their encounters with Native Americans, the new animals and plant life they discovered, their historic pairing with Sacagawea, and their crossing of the Continental Divide.

Paving The Way: The National Park-To-Park Highwayairs at 9 pm
At a time when train travel to the National Parks was only for the wealthy, this program follows the convergence of U.S. Land being set aside for all people, the development of the “autos for the everyman” and the need to escape the drone of WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic. With this need for release, 12 intrepid motorists embark upon the 1920 inaugural tour of the National Park-to-Park Highway. Traveling 5, 000 miles over 76 days to promote the need for good roads, these individuals also explore the idea of what it means to ‘See America First’ while touring in the western United States, instead of visiting their ancestry in war torn Europe.

A new monthly series beginning 7/9: Science Goes To The Movies


It seems as if science has taken over everything nowadays, right? Everywhere you turn you’re faced with the fact that science – or science fiction, if you’re into that- is the ‘now’ thing. Hollywood has caught on to this and have formulated some of today’s beloved films such as Interstellar, Birdman and The Theory of Everything.

Here at KLRU we’re just as fascinated with scientific disciplines as Hollywood, which is why a new monthly series is coming to KLRUQ this July! Science Goes To The Movies, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, will explore the science in contemporary motion pictures.

Salie is a television and national public radio host, political and pop culture commentator (CBS Sunday Morning), interviewer, journalist and actor. Dr. Berlin is an American neuroscientist.

Each episode will feature different guests drawn from different scientific backgrounds, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films such as The Imitation Game, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Silence Of The Lambs.

Birdman, Interstellar and The Theory Of Everythingairs July 3 at 12 am and July 9 at 7 pm
What’s the deal with hallucinations and black holes? In this episode, Salie and Dr. Berlin sit down with Dr. Emily Rice for an in-depth look at the science in these 2015 top films.

The Imitation Game and Into The Woodsairs July 10 at 12 am and July 16 at 7 pm
Cryptologist Rosario Genarro joins us on this episode of Science at the Movies. Together, we will discuss pattern recognition in the work of both Alan Turing and Stephen Sondheim.

The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Serviceairs July 17 at 12 am and July 23 at 7 pm
In this week’s episode, co-hosts Salie and Dr. Berlin are joined by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – Director of The American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium – to discuss how Hollywood depicts scientists, particularly in current movies such as The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service and Particle Feverairs July 24 at 12 am and July 30 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin, Salie and astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson continue their conversation of Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as how scientists and science it self are depicted in the 2013 documentary Particle Fever.

Force Majeure and Rosewaterairs July 31 at 12 am and Aug. 6 at 7 pm
What does fear do to the bran, to the body and how does it affect our decision making? This week Dr. Berlin and Salie sit down with journalist Ira Flatow as they discuss the Swedish film Force Majeure and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater for a discussion of visceral fear.

American Sniper and Grand Torinoairs Aug. 7 and Aug. 13 at 7 pm
Gerard Ilaria, from Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Headstrong Project, and Derek Coy, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran join us on this week’s episode of Science Goes To The Movies to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to Clint Eastwood’s films American Sniper and Grand Torino.

Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fatal Attraction and Last Tango In Parisairs Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 at 7 pm
Helen Fisher, a Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute and Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com joins Dr. Berlin and Salie on this week’s episode of Science At The Movies. The three will discuss sex and its effect on perception in these films.

Ex Machina and Blade Runnerairs Aug. 21 and Aug. 27 at 7 pm
The 2015 film Ex Machina and 1982’s Blade Runner will be featured on this week’s episode. Christof Koch, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, joins us for a discussion of artificial intelligence and the fluid nature of consciousness in these films.

Welcome To Me, The Jinx and The Silence Of The Lambs airs at Aug. 28 and Sept. 3 at 7 pm
Co-hosts Faith Salie and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin discuss madness in the films and TV shows Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig, HBO’s The Jinx, The Silence Of The Lambs, and in part of Game of Thrones.

Star Trek, Star Wars and Fantastic Fourairs Sept. 4 and Sept.10 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin and Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek and Fantastic Four.

Mad Max: Fury Roadairs Sept. 11 and Sept. 17 at 7 pm
The science of cars and engines are discussed in this episode as automotive engineer and Future Fuels Technology CEO Art Vatsky sit down with Dr. Berlin and Salie.

Ballers and Everestairs Sept. 18 and Sept. 24 at 7 pm
Retired Giants linebacker Carl Banks comes by to talk about the HBO series Ballers, the neurological underpinnings of teamwork, and why humans like to watch other humans engage in risky or dangerous behaviors.

Zom-beesairs Sept. 25 at 7 pm
Mark Siddall, parasitologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History talks the science and history of both real and fictional zombies.